KATHMANDU – At least 64 people have been killed and several others missing as
floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains wreaked havoc in Nepal
displacing thousands of people.
The Press Trust of India (PTI) reports that Scores of houses and bridges
have been swept away in several parts of the country as incessant rains have
swelled rivers, posing a threat of massive flooding and causing panic
among the local population.
The number of those killed in the flood and landslide across Nepal has
climbed to 64 after recovery of 10 more bodies in Pyuthan district of western
Nepal, police said.
Pyuthan is among the 14 worst-hit districts where at least 36 people have
died in floods and landslides.
The toll increased in the district after 17 people who were earlier
reported missing following a landslide were found to be dead.
Thousands of people have been displaced and hundreds of houses have been
waterlogged after floodwaters gushed into their settlements.
Many of the deceased were earthquake victims who were living in a
quake-damaged house after repair, police said.
Tens of thousands of Nepalese are still living in tents following the last
year’s devastating earthquakes that killed nearly 9,000 people.
Nepal on Tuesday decided to allocate 750 million Nepalese rupees (around
USD$7.4 million) for immediate rescue, relief and rehabilitation of the victims,
Home Ministry officials said.